Mithila Biniwale is a Ph.D. scholar at the Centre for Media Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The present research work deals with documentary films in India. Completed M.Phil. (Planning and Development) at IIT, Bombay. Her work experience comprises four years of research work on various short-term projects at the Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore; IIT, Bombay; TISS Mumbai, and teaching at Kelkar Education Trust's V.G. Vaze College of Arts; and the School of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai. She has also worked as a journalist for Marathi magazines, and as an artist for radio plays.
Can the female sarpanch deliver? Evidence from Maharashtra
23 Oct 2016
One-third of all seats in village councils are reserved for women. The government has proposed an increase in quota to 50%, and in the period of reservation from five to 10 years. Based on a survey conducted in Maharashtra, this column finds that availability of basic public services for women is better in female-headed villages - when the female head has been in the job for 3-3.5 years.
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